MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Bellator 145 lightweight Will Brooks as he prepares for his upcoming co-main event title defense next month (November 6, 2015) against Marcin Held at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
The talented champion has quickly become one of the best lightweights in the world under the Bellator banner, but he doesn’t feel like he’s been treated like that, especially over the past seven months as he’s healthily waited for his next opportunity to fight:
“I started to feel like Bellator was not being organized and not being professionally organized and not having a real solid idea on what direction they wanted to go in in regards to promoting this fight, making this fight. They called me and said, ‘You’re probably not gonna fight ’til November’ and I was like, ‘Dang!’ but again, what can you do? Then I’m sitting on my couch walking around 180-190 and they call me and tell me they’ll fight me in August and I look at the calendar and I’m like, “You’re only gonna give me eight weeks to prepare for a title defense? I’m a big lightweight. I gotta get up and rush a training camp?’ That kinda frustrated me. Then they said they’d move it to September then to October and I told them this wasn’t how you treated someone who was champion of the organization. I reached out to them and said, ‘You’re not just moving fights, you’re moving paychecks’ and it was really frustrating. Then I started to think these guys were more unorganized than I thought. It was a little frustrating. I’m a little upset.”